03-Sep-2019 - 10-Sep-2019
Duration: 8 Days 7 nights
Suitable for: Weekend test pilot, racer or non riders welcome
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The Vuelta a España is the unheralded Grand Tour of cycling. It offers an explosive three weeks of mountaintop finishes raced under the afternoon Spanish sun and immersed in a culture of relaxed eating and drinking. The Vuelta a España is now on the bucket list of professional cyclists and weekend warriors alike. No longer overlooked by those seeking cycling holiday experiences the Vuelta a España also features highly as a desired palmare for the all the general classification contenders of the current era..
Traditionally Phil will select the final week to follow a Grand Tour but week three presents are far less challenging than weeks 1 & 2. The 2019 Vuelta a España will be one of the hardest you will see and rather than go home after a couple of weeks training in the Pyrenees Phil has selected the middle week of the Vuelta to tap out some great rides in Spain.
It is in the Pyrenees that we join la Vuelta a España for the Individual Time Trial before heading towards the west coast through the mountains of Spain for a week that includes the best combinations of riding, spectating, relaxing and pintxos.
Stage 10, ITT 36.1km Jurancon - Pau
Today's Ride: Spectating & getting settledLa Vuelta visits the Pyrenees briefly and for the first time in its history visits Pau for the ITT.
If you missed Le Tour now is your chance to catch a little bit of the action with a replication of the ITT in the same town, different month!
Preceded by a rest day the 36.1km time trial is very technical and is likely to upset the rhythm of many of the pro’s after a mountainous route in the first week of the Vuelta. The route will favour the specialists who may regain a strong footing on the general classification leader board after the day’s end.
Our tour starts in Pau and after spectating the tail end of the ITT we will transfer to San Sebastian and Spain for the start of our sojourn into La Veulta. We will celebrate in style with a classic Spanish welcome meal.
Stage 11. 169km Saint Palias to Urdax
Today's Ride: Not that far but lots of climbing.
We plan on a classic Spanish start to the day, lazy enough allowing a little time to explore San Sebastian before we head out for a mid-morning ride that will have us arrive in Urdax with time for a late lunch and siesta before the stage finish. The ride is short enough to allow for 1600m of climbing on our first incursion into the Spanish mountains.
Stage 11 is a middle-mountain stage running over 4 intermediate climbs before a an exciting downhill finish in town. There are expectations of an attacker stealing the day but I would expect the stronger teams to control and dominate the stage, managing time bonuses before a strong finale in the streets of Urdax.
As the temperate cools we will drive back to San Sebastian for tapas, and a late dinner. Spanish already!
Stage 12 175km Circuito de Navarra - Bilboa
Today's Ride: 130km, pretty hilly
Stage 12 involves three short but tough consecutive climbs, very close together through stunning country. The penultimate climb, the steep Alto El Vivero will precede the 7km descent to what will be a dramatic stage finish in Bilbao.
As La Vuelta heads East we will consequently extend our ride to take in the ascent of the Alto El Vivero to watch the race in its closing stages. We are likely to be in the mix of the cycling mad Basque. It will be unrivalled spectating after a reasonably long ride to secure our positions.
We will return to San Sebastian with our feet up and spirits high for our last night in town before we chase the peloton along the coast to our next hotel.
Stage 13. 168km Bilboa - Los Machucos
Today's Ride: 85km HillyA trip is designed around the riding and of course La Vuelta occasionally involves not just the obligatory transfer but a ride and a stage finish. We will have the luxury of a lazy start, typically Spanish followed by a race chase both by car and bike.
A mountain top finish is on our race card. This critical stage includes seven climbs before the final ascent to Los Machucos. This is the climb that Froome faltered on in 2017 and is one the Spanish refer to as 'rampas inhumanas'. The Cantabrian mountain is a synonym for torture. The climb is only 7.3 kilometres at 8.7%, but this average hides the initial 17.5% ramp before it is followed by a steep descent. A km further and there is a 26% gradient, which continues onto a small plateau and yet another ramp of 25%.
Our ride may be difficult as well but will not be preceded by 6 climbs and we will tackle the mountain from behind.
Stage 14. 189km San Vincente de la barquera - Oviedo
Stage 14 see’s a return of the sprinters on a flat stage which in finishes in Oviedo, reasonably close to home. Bearing that in mind we have planned a beautiful ride towards the Asturian coast, away from the race with a return planned to catch the stage finish in town.
A late breakfast is planned followed by a ride start time that the pro’s would envy. We will head out easy and have lunch en-route with time enough to have a post lunch siesta under a shady tree before we clip back onto the bike for the roll home and a race to catch.
Stage 15. 159km Tineo - Alto del Acebo
Today's Ride: 105km Hilly
The Vuelta tackles the Alto de Acebo twice in the 15th stage and visit the two most famous mountain passes in western Asturias: Puerto del Conio and Puerto del Pozo de las Mujeres Muertas before what should be a dramatic finale.
We have planned an equally arduous day on the bike. There are mountains to climb as we too head for the Santuario del Acebo and with more than 3000m of climbing en-route it will be a day for the mountain goats.
Always there is the option to shorten the ride and for all of the passage home is in the comfort of the van.
Stage 16. 155km Pravia - Alto de la Cubilla
Today's Ride: 80km
A defining mountain stage presents today and it is one that could determine the outcome of the Vuelta. We do need to be at the finish to witness what could be the winner of the 2019 Vuelta take the stage at the end of a momentous 2nd week.
Our route to the stage finish on the Alto De la Cubilla is less circuitous and via small country lanes. There will be climbing, an inevitability but less so than yesterday and with time for a leisurely lunch en-route it should be a typically relaxing ride day in Spain.
Tonight we will celebrate the end of the middle segment of La Vuela 2019. The final week looks far less challenging and the winner could well be coasting home.
Today's Ride: Nil
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